UNICEF Report on Lead Poisoning-Current Affairs for UPSC-BPSC 2020 DETAILED Analysis has been presented as important current events topics to be covered in 2020.
International non-profit organization focused on pollution issues;
Pure Earth have released a report- “The Toxic Truth: Children’s exposure to lead pollution undermines a generation of potential”
Lead poisoning is affecting children
Around 1 in 3 children – up to 800 million globally – have blood lead levels at, or above, 5 micrograms per decilitre (µg/dL) vhalf of these children live in South Asia.
How lead affects children?
A neurotoxin that causes irreparable harm to children’s brains.
Impact babies and children under the age of 5 as it damages their brain before they have had the opportunity to fully develop,
causing them lifelong neurological, cognitive and physical impairment.
Behavioral problems and an increase in crime and violence.
Older children suffer severe consequences, including increased risk of kidney damage and cardiovascular diseases in later life.